This afternoon, on the way home, I decided to check in with Janet Parshall’s America. Parshall is part of that right-wing radio conspiracy. Worse, Parshall is part of that religious right-wing radio conspiracy. Parshall talks about things the mainstream corporate news media would never think to discuss seriously, like who the employees of big media companies give campaign donations. To see what Parshall was talking about, when I got home I did an Internet search.
- Newsbusters had the story in a blog: Media’s Campaign Donations Tilt 100-to-1 In Favor of Democrats.
- Newsbusters linked to an Investor’s Business Daily story: Putting Money Where Mouths Are: Media Donations Favor Dems 100-1.
How does the news media deal with stories about the bias? Well, their bias is opportunity to talk about something else.
- McCain’s envy: Press coverage of Obama puts envy in the air at McCain headquarters.
- Obama’s world tour: Media bias aside, Obama’s trip an important test.
- Polling data: John McCain Gains on Obama: Voter Rejection of Media Bias?
- The BIG story: A big story is our biggest bias.
What you will not get is many stories that explain the origins of the news media’s tilt to the Democratic Party. The closest thing I have seen to such a thing is this article in Wikipedia. However, the writer gets so wrapped up in theory and neutrality he never really gets to the point of anything useful. We are way past the point of having to prove a media tilt. What we need to ask is why we have bias in the news media.
While I do not know a clear definitive reason for the news media’s bias, I can suggest several important factors.
- The Great Depression. Following the Great Depression, the Democratic Party achieved a solid lock on power that lasted decades. This period of ascendency allowed the Democrats to grow government. The Democrats managed to infuse many private institutions with government money, particularly private universities, creating a dependency.
- Government-run educational institutions. By definition, government-run educational institutions are socialist institutions. Because we teach what we are, such institutions have an inclination to promote socialism. For example, the teacher’s unions are amongst the strongest backers of the Democratic Party.
- Federal control of the airwaves. The Federal Government controls the airwaves. It licenses radio and TV broadcasters. Fortunately, with the advent of cable and the Internet, the government’s lock on broadcasters has been seriously weakened.
- The corporate personality. Corporations tend to acquire a personality. So perhaps it should be no surprise that the concentration of the news media into corporations has resulted in a distinct news media political bent.
What should we do? Information is power. We cannot be complacent when only a few people hold so much power over us. To protect our liberty, we must have good information. We need news information from multiple sources. Our liberty depends on the availability of choices. When you do not have any choice, you do not have any liberty.
What should we do? We should work to ensure that power is not concentrated in the hands of a few. We should:
- Limit the power of our government.
- Break up large corporations.
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No matter how much proof exists, you will get outright denials that a bias exists. In fact, some in the news media would try to persuade you that there is a right-wing bias.
Nonetheless, there are some out there who see the tilt to the left.
But what we should worry about the most is why a news media bias makes such a big difference.